A native of Chicago, Illinois, Michelle was born in 1964. Her father, Fraser Robinson III, worked as a city water plant employee as well as a Democratic Precinct Captain, while her mother, Marian Shields Robinson, worked as a secretary at Spiegel’s catalog store. She has an older brother Craig who she is very close with.
Michelle’s had humble beginnings, growing up in a small home on the southside of Chicago where she had to share a room with her brother. The close quarters might not have been such a bad thing, as she and her family would often spend time together playing games or reading.
Michelle was always smart and went on to receive an Ivy League degree. With a major in Sociology and a minor in African American studies, she graduated from Princeton University in 1985.
In 1988, Michelle earned her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. She worked at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau during her studies, and even during those early days, she showed her passion for justice and fairness by participating in demonstrations that advocate hiring professors from minority groups.
After Harvard, Michelle was hired at the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin, and this is where she met her husband-to-be, Barack Obama. In the early 90s, she worked as an Assistant to the Mayor, and she held the position of Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development.
As the Executive Director of the non-profit Public Allies, she helped encourage the youth to work on social issues.
In 2009, Michelle Obama became the first African American first lady when her husband was elected as the 44th President of the United States.
In the News
Recently, Michelle and her husband Barack gave Chicago a visit for the third annual Obama Foundation Summit. During the event, we saw the proposed landscape of Jackson Park’s historic Women’s Garden, which will have new pathways and seating, a children’s playground, and more.
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